There has been news in the papers over the last two weeks that Bolton have been bidding for Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton, and even talk about Mike Ashley wanting Joey out of the club, because of his past bad behavior and the fact he has done time in jail recently.
Joey Bartron – going nowhere – wants to repay club
The good news is that Joey Barton wants to stay at Newcastle to rebuild his career, after apparently snubbing three top-flight clubs during the transfer window, according to the News Of The World.
The troubled midfielder, who returned as a substitute yesterday, after two months out with cruciate ligament damage in his right knee, has attracted interest from Wigan, Bolton and Portsmouth.
But Joey Barton wants to pay back the Newcastle club, which has stood by him through his bad antics and jail time, and he is so determined to be a success on Tyneside that he has bought a house in Jesmond.
The proverbial source close to the player said:
“He feels he owes the club,” “Joey has been backed by the supporters and he wants to make a go of it there.”
“Boss Joe Kinnear has told Joey he is part of his plans. They have a good relationship. He’s bought a house in the area and is raring to go.”
Joe Kinnear has been handed £10M by Mike Ashley to reinforce the squad in January, and after yesterday’s hammering at Blackburn Kinnear must do that, or else have the dubious distinction of being the first manager who takes Newcastle United down and out of the Premier League.
Kinnear may also spend any money he can get through deals and Geremi is on the verge of moving to Besiktas in a £1.8M deal, but wants to stay at the club, probably because the Greek side can come nowhere near to the wages he is getting on Tyneside.